The Wendy Tisch Memorial Concert was beautiful. My thanks to everyone on the committee and to everyone who joined in on Saturday night to make this event a seamless, flawless event.
The committee members include Richard Tisch, raising the funds for this production, Sandra Murphy, providing and supervising the ushers- and providing general wisdom, Kate Humphrey- ticket sales, Deborah Kahan- printing our detailed programs, Margie Katz and her husband Gary- who made a gracious buffet of after concert treats, Nancy Weber- in charge of publicity, Elizabeth Porter, who negotiated our contract and made sure things were on track with the artist, and Linda Maranis, who also provided her know how and general wisdom. And I, your president, worried about everything else.
I also want to thank Don Alfano, Michael Karpilow, and Penny Sardinian, who helped out where needed Saturday night.
Wendy Tisch considered Angela Hewitt to be her favorite pianist and she collected all her recordings, particularly, her Bach recordings. Her playing is full of expression, beautiful tonality, incredible technique and long clear lines. She allows the music to breathe- I sat there wondering how one person can have so many exceptional qualities when they play.
Angela Hewitt runs the Tresimeno Music Festival in Italy each summer- seven days of hearing Angela and other musicians play in the magical setting of Umbria. If anyone is looking for a summer excursion to Europe, I’m mentioning it because I enjoyed her playing so much that I’m thinking of going myself. The dates of the Festival this year are July 4-10; for further information, please go online. If other people are interested in going, perhaps we can form a group.
We had a nearly sold out house of 320 people and received so many compliments on our choice of pianist- it was certainly too numerous to count The auditorium at Greenwich Library proved to be an excellent venue- even the custodial staff was helpful.
We are getting really good at putting on these productions. Next year we will have the very gifted Awadagin Pratt. Stay tuned for further information